After all the presents have been unrwapped, the turkey has been eaten, and the tinsel has been removed from the tree, what do you cherish the most about the holiday season? If you look back on your fondest memories, you’ll find that most of them don’t have to do with that wonderful Christmas feast of the thoughtful gifts you received oat all, but the people you spent the holiday with… it’s the experience that counts. Cherished memories don’t have to involve piles of plastic and tinsel and leftover food. Make this holiday season one to reflect on time spent with friends and family celebrating the spirit of the season.
What can you do to reduce waste this holiday season? We’ve collected creative gift ideas, tips for gift wrapping and ideas for celebrating the season. Create memories, not garbage this holiday season.
Local Gifts that Last
We have so much to offer right here in our hometown. From classic long standing businesses like Rex Cox Menswear and Lanka Jewels to those tucked away gems such as Apostrophie + Co. and Mac & Mango. Then add a thriving artisan community with the Mission Arts Council and local experiences like guided fishing, golf and The Reptile Guy, or a pampering session with a hair, nail or massage appointment and you can see that Mission really has something to offer everyone.
Small businesses struggle to compete with the box stores at this time of year, but the products on offer and the service they give make it worth your while dropping in and taking a look for yourself. A few of the benefits of shopping local:
- Unique businesses create and build the character of our community.
- Locally owned businesses offer local employment opportunities.
- You can build relationships and gain detailed product knowledge.
- Small businesses keep the money in our economy – for every $100 worth of spending in Mission $46 recirculates, compared to $18 in chain stores.
- Bcbusiness.ca believes a 1% shift in consumer spending to local businesses would create 3,100 jobs and $94 Million in wages to B.C. workers.
Create happy memories for your friends and families by gifting them with experiences.
Consider gifting friends and family with a Leisure Pass, good for use of the weight room, drop-in fitness classes, squash & racquetball courts, drop-in sports, and public swimming and skating at the Mission Leisure Centre.
There are options from single admission all the way up to a 12 month pass. Click here to view the different options of contact our Parks , Recreation, and Culture Department at 604-820-5350 to learn more.
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it is important to remember to give back to your community. To ensure that everyone has a holiday worth celebrating, you and your family can get involved with various charity organizations. Find a charity or non-profit organization whose mission and message resonate with you. Whether you lend financial support or choose to volunteer, charity organizations are successful because of the generosity of like-minded individuals like yourself.
Fill a Hamper
For decades, Mission Commnity Services Society Christmas Bureau hampers have been filled with festive food and presents for children and adults.Last year the bureau created 711 hampers, 360 for families and 351 for adults who are single or sign on as a couple. Donations can be dropped off at the Christmas Bureau headquarters at 32646 Logan Avenue, Firehall #1 on Seventh Avenue, at Mission Community Services Society headquarters at 33179 Second Avenue.
Stock St. Joseph’s Food Bank
With all the extra food and sweets around during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that people in Mission are going hungry. Helping is as simple as picking up a few extra items next time you’re grocery shopping. St. Joseph’s Food Bank (32550 7th Ave) is always looking for nonperishable items like coffee, tea, condiments and toiletries. You can also donate to St. Joseph’s Food Bank or start a food drive in your neighbourhood.
Canadian Blood Services continuously faces shortages in blood supply, especially during the holiday season. This December, visit one of the clinics visiting Mission. Click here to view upcoming dates and locations.
Help Give a Deserving Family a Home
Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. Their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. They are always looking for donations for their ReStore, volunteers for the ReStore, volunteers to help build homes, and cash donations. Donate your time, money, or appliances to this worthy cause.
These are just some of the many ways you can give back this holiday season. The following is a list of local charities that could use your help this holiday season.
Wrapping gifts with festive paper and decorations can create anticipation and surprise, but it can also make a lot of garbage! Use these tips from the City of Metro Vancouver to wrap with less this Christmas.